HERMON – Richard Montgomery Burnett, 84, passed away Jan. 15, 2013, surrounded by his family at Maine Veterans Home, Bangor. He was born Aug. 8, 1928, in Vine Grove, Ky., the son of Richard A. Burnett and Elizabeth (Crutcher) Burnett.
Born and raised on a 400-acre farm in Kentucky, Dick will always be remembered for his hard work, honesty and quick wit. The farm work ethic brought to bear everything in his life, and true to form of the Depression era children, if there was sunshine then there was work to be done. Dick was a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, retiring as first sergeant of the 397th Bombardment Wing, Civil Engineering Squadron in April 1958, five days after its deactivation and the closing of Dow Air Force Base, Bangor. A Korean War vet, his service took him around the world from North Africa to Spain and Japan. After retirement Dick served as a detective with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department before starting Dick Burnett Water Wells in 1973. Dick married Evangeline LaPointe, June 23, 1966, and spent the next 46 years working hard and playing harder. They spent their Friday nights dancing to the sounds of the Woody Woodman Combo at Geaghan’s Pub, out to dinner at Pilots Grill or playing cards with their friends, Ted and Kay McLeod and Harold and Cathy Smith. Dick never shied away from a good joke or a belly laugh, especially when his fellow “useta” boy, Ted, would yell across the room, “Hey Dickie, ‘member when we useta …” An avid basketball fan, Dick traveled New England following his grandchildren and could always be found in the bleachers at any Nokomis or John Bapst game. He never let a bad call by the referees go unnoticed.
Dick was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Guy and twins, Ronald and Donald Burnett; as well as his great friends, Ted and Kay McLeod. He is survived by his beautiful, loving and devoted wife, Evangeline, who always made sure their home was warm and open to friends and strangers alike. He is also survived by his sisters, Helen Snyder of Louisville, Ky., Patricia and her husband, Tom Bryant, of Lexington, Ky., and Brenda Sampson of Lexington, Ky.; and his brother, Gary Burnett and his wife, Cheryl, of Lexington, Ky. He will be deeply missed by his children, Carolyn Garland of Bangor, Mark Burnett and his wife, Dawnalyn, of Holden and Diane Chase of Bangor. Dick is also survived by his grandchildren, David Garland Jr. and his wife, Shara, of Old Orchard Beach, Meghann Burnett of Bangor and Zachary Burnett of Jacksonville, Fla.
Relatives and friends are invited to call 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ohio Street, Bangor. Interment will be at a date to be determined in the spring at Evergreen Cemetery, Hermon. Gifts in his memory may be sent to Maine Veterans Home, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.